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Nov 21, 2010 07:03 PM

First time at La Boca-- What to order?

I am planning my first trip to La Boca. Any suggestions on what to order? There will be three of us ordering. Thanks, koogie

La Boca Restaurant
857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. I was there a few weeks ago with a group so large that we had to do a prix fixe menu. Everything was wonderful, but oddly, what really stuck out for me was the gnocchi. They were as light as pillows. Probably not what most people think of when they think of a steakhouse, but I'd try to get some on the side.

    My steak was amazing, too. I want to say it was a bone-in ribeye.

    1. The smoked fish bruschetta is great to start. Other than that, just get a bunch of steaks and share them. We usually go with the skirt, hanger, and flank. All medium rare. Also, lately they've had a special called a "flap" steak. If they've got it, get it. As far as sides go, get the grilled asparagus, fried brussel sprouts, corn pudding, and fries. If you've got to pick two of those go with the asparagus and brussel sprouts. Desserts are the weakest link, but the caramelized condensed milk crepes are pretty good. Enjoy.

      1. Two musts for me are the Entrana Fina steak, which is a skin-on ouside skirt steak, known as "Nesto's favorite snack", and the Dulche de Leche ice cream. Duck your head as you walk in!

        1. I know that this is almost blasphemous to say, but the tasting menu is too much food. And I love the tasting menu and almost always recommend it for first timers. It's hard to imagine that it used to be even more food than the current pared down version.

          It's difficult to limit the amount of food because most everything at La Boca is delicious. Anyway, for three people, here is what I would order, with the intention of sharing everything:

          Flap steak (if available) or Skirt steak
          Grilled Sweetbreads
          Flash fried brussel sprouts
          French fries
          Any one or all of the desserts

          The hanger steak has been kind of tough on my last few visits, but that might be because my girlfriend insists on ordering medium when we share. You could also substitute mashed potatoes and/or grilled asparagus if you don't want both sides fried. The brussel sprouts are dynamite though.

          Whatever you order, don't make the mistake of filling up on bread.

          La Boca Restaurant
          857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          2 Replies
          1. re: Bocuse NOLA

            Bocuse, your listing is so dead-on, I'm craving a meal there something awful! Especially the provoleta and sweetbreads, yikes!

            1. re: Bocuse NOLA

              I found the tasting menu to be too much, too--in fact, I took most of my steak home. You don't want to be too full for the steak.

            2. I love the provoletta and the desserts.